National Gestational Diabetes Register
The National Gestational Diabetes Register is a register of all women in Australia who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. It is a program within the NDSS.
The register provides information, advice and regular screening reminders for women with gestational diabetes. The information on the register does not include clinical notes.
Registration is free. Women who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, live in Australia and hold—or are eligible to hold—an Australian Medicare card can register.
If you register, you and your doctor will be sent regular reminders to have diabetes checks. You will also receive information for you and your family to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Once you’ve registered, you will be sent the Gestational diabetes: caring for yourself and your baby booklet.
Make sure we have your current family doctor details (not your obstetrician or endocrinologist). This means that they will know you have gestational diabetes and we can involve them in reminder letters about testing you for type 2 diabetes in the future.
Contact the National Gestational Diabetes Register
Call the NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700.
Do you need information in another language?
Do you need gestational diabetes information in another language? We have information available in languages other than English.
Do you need an interpreter to talk to the NDSS Helpline?
You can call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450. State your language. Wait to be connected to an interpreter, then ask for 1800 637 700.
How does the National Gestational Diabetes Register work?
When you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes you will be registered on the National Gestational Diabetes Register with the NDSS. The NDSS delivers information and support services, as well as subsidised products, across Australia to all people with diabetes, including women diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Women who have had gestational diabetes may have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future. The NDSS connects over the long term with women who have had gestational diabetes as a follow-up to remind them to have regular diabetes screenings with their doctors.
How registration will help you
NDSS doesn’t only provide subsidised products for people living with diabetes. You can call the NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700 to:
- get advice on diabetes self-management
- talk a health professional about managing your diabetes (including dietician and diabetes educator)
- receive regular reminders for follow-up diabetes screening
- receive valuable information on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and minimise the risk of type 2 diabetes
- be able to access subsidised NDSS products for 12 months from registration and have access to NDSS support services and programs.
What if I don’t want to be part of the register?
Since 1 July 2011, all women with gestational diabetes who register with the NDSS automatically have their details added to the National Gestational Diabetes Register. If you are on the National Gestational Diabetes Register and would like to be removed, please use the Opt-out of the National Gestational Diabetes Register form or call the NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700.
After the birth of your baby
After the birth of your baby you will be sent the Life after gestational diabetes booklet with a reminder letter to visit a doctor to organise an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT). This is to check that your blood glucose levels are back to normal.
Annual reminders will be sent to you and your doctor for your type 2 diabetes screening.
Women who have had gestational diabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. You should be checked for diabetes at least every 2–3 years. Talk to your doctor about your cycle of health care. Discuss your risk levels and how often you should have checks for diabetes going forward.
To ensure you receive reminders:
- make sure your contact details are up to date
- make sure we have your current family doctor details (not your obstetrician or endocrinologist). This means that they will know you had gestational diabetes and we can involve them in reminder letters about screening you for type 2 diabetes in the future.
To update your contact details with the National Gestational Diabetes Register, please call the NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700 or use the update your details online form.